Baked koldūnai is a classical version of virtiniai and it taste even better when it is baked….hmm. The only thing is that when you see how much fat goes in it, that makes you go…. AaaAaa. But sometimes it is worth just to try it and enjoy it! I usually go to dance class when I feel I ate too much of rich food ;).
- 250g plain flour
- 1 egg
- pinch of salt
- 120ml water
(for the filling)
- 300g mince beef
- 200g lard (I used butter, grated)
- 1 medium onion (shredded)
- 2 tbsp stock (liquid)
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp herbes de provence
- pepper and salt as desired
- 100g cream
- 50g parmesan cheese
- pepper if desired
1. To make the dough mix all the ingredients together and knead to combine. Set it aside to rest for at least 30min.
2. Meanwhile make the filling by combining all the ingredients that goes in it.
3. Dust the ravioli/dumpling mold maker with flour, before making the dumplings. If you don’t have ravioli/dumpling maker, then check out this alternative method.
4. Roll the dough and cover the mold with half of it. Fill each “cell” with the filling.
5. Cover everything with the rest of the dough. Press everything with the rolling pin and “pop” all the dumplings out.
6. Cook the dumplings in salted boiling water for 10min, then drain them like pasta. They should be floating on top when the are completely cooked.
7. Meanwhile make the sauce by heating the cream and stirring the cheese in. season it with black pepper.
9. Place cooked dumplings in small gratin dishes and pour cream sauce over it. Bake for 30min in preheated 200C oven.